The United States said on
Wednesday it is "deeply troubled" over Iran's plans to launch a
new heavy water reactor in 2014 while failing to provide the
UN nuclear watchdog with necessary design information about
Western diplomats and experts say the Arak reactor could
yield plutonium for nuclear bombs if its spent fuel were
reprocessed, something which Iran says it has no intention of
doing. The Islamic Republic says the plant will produce medical
and agricultural isotopes.
The UN International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) says Iran
must urgently provide it with design data about the facility,
warning that it would otherwise adversely affect its inspectors'
ability to monitor the site effectively.
"We are deeply troubled that Iran claims that the IR-40
heavy water reactor at Arak could be commissioned as soon as
early 2014, but still refuses to provide the requisite design
information for the reactor," US Ambassador Joseph Macmanus
told a meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation Board of Governors
He cited IAEA rules that a member state must inform the
-based UN agency about a nuclear facility, and give
design details, as soon as it has decided to build it.
"Iran's refusal to fulfil this basic obligation must
necessarily cause one to ask whether Iran is again pursuing
covert nuclear activities," Macmanus said.